GOD AND POLITICS
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
If God chooses judges and authority in the land we must assume that God has chosen our government, in fact all the governments in our current world. That is, if you are a believer. You can trace this back to the old testament.
Deuteronomy 16:18 (NKJV) “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the Lord your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment.”
Are we too idealistic? When we vote we are hopeful and wait for the fulfillment of a good life that politicians say they will provide if we elect them. The Prime Minister’s after election speech always contains the words “We are a government for ALL the people.” However, it is a well known fact that there are many governments tainted by corruption, the proliferation of human rights abuses, and total disregard for respect and dignity of individuals who do not confirm or fit into societal norms eg. the disabled, ethnic minorities, the homeless etc. This renders and degrades the human condition into a poor reflection of the image of God in whose likeness we are made. That we are sinners is obvious. In this light, that we are better than we act is difficult to comprehend. Looking at the microcosm of human behaviour, it must seem confusing to many. What is the purpose of current 21st century world events in the context of God’s plan? Has free will converted success, profit and greed into a destructive hell on earth as our legacy? Materialism, per se, is not a sin just as money is not a sin by itself. These are simply useful commodities because God loves us and wants the best for us. People blame other minority groups for the now accepted “new normal” of the daily terrorist intrusion into our otherwise daily routines. The “New World Order” is wobbling on the ever shifting sands of time and already obsolete. We do not need religion to fix these problems because most of our problems were originally created falsely in the name of religion. Religious differences are still creating chaos, destruction and death. What we need is a return to living a life saturated in God. God has no religion. God does not place one religion over another. God loves everyone the same. God loves the Prime Minister you hate. God loves the irritating neighbour down the road. God loves your mother-in-law who interferes too much. (That is a very bad joke). God loves everyone equally with all of your imperfections.
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
If we could translate that kind of love to one another and embrace and forgive our imperfections we would be able to embrace everyone in every nation. Political differences could be placed into a different mix, a peaceful mix of brainstorming to give everyone a fair share of the earth’s amazing abundance. We need to slow down and work out what is truly important in our lives and our children’s lives. What will be their future? How can we ďo the right thing and have the character God wants for us? If we put God back into our life and our family’s life and place God centre stage as number one on our “to do” list we will be able to trust in God’s plan for us. We will have the power to put right all the wrongs in the world.
Written by Carmen Verne